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Way to perform recovery of oversized 2GB Outlook PST file

Microsoft Outlook is the best personal information manager that is used mainly for sending and receiving e-mails but besides this it is also used for many other purposes such as keeping and maintaining list of contacts, keeping a track of all important appointments and meetings, storing all crucial notes and journals, etc. All the mails including all these items of Outlook are stored with the filename extension of .pst. PST is a Personal Storage Table that stores every single attribute of Microsoft Outlook. It has powerful internet browsing abilities due to which it is so popular and widely used across all over the world. Generally, the default location of your PST file is C:\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook\Outlook.pst. However, you can always change the location of your PST file by moving it from one stored location to another. Microsoft Outlook 2000, 2003, 2007 and 2010 are the most prominent versions of MS Outlook. Every single version has its own specific storage capacity. MS Outlook 2000 has 2GB file size limit whereas Outlook 2003 and 2007 comes with 20GB file size storage capacity. Moreover the latest and advance version of Microsoft Outlook is Outlook 2010 which has 50 GB storage capacity. These storage capacities play an important role in retaining and storing all important file in a systematic manner but if you exceed or reach the PST file size with respect to specific versions of Outlook then your PST file may get corrupted resulting in loss of Outlook data.

If you are using Outlook 2000 then there are more chances that your files may get corrupted soon automatically if you exceed 2GB file size limitation. This version comes with less storage capacity due to which it is not so much popular compared to advanced version of MS Outlook with more storage capacity. Restricted file size limitation of Outlook application is the major drawback. Developers of Microsoft Outlook 2000 believed that 2GB should prove to be sufficient to store all kinds of important email messages. But this assumption is partially incorrect because 2GB file size limitation is not enough for storing HTML or RTF file type based e-mail messages. Moreover, due to advancement in technology, messages are no longer simple text messages they can have different kinds of attachments ranging from documents to videos. If you have 2GB file size limitation then in that case you need to delete all the unnecessary e-mails on a daily basis in order to accommodate new important mail messages. If you will not perform this on a daily basis then there is huge probability that PST file will quickly cross the size limit of 2GB. The disadvantage of MS Outlook 2000 and other versions is that they will not give prior indication about the file approaching the particular size limit which is the point of concern for the users. You will get to know about it only when the file has reached the size and you are unable to access it. At that point of time, the only solution is to reduce the file size in order to recover data to some extent.

Besides this, there are many other scenarios for PST file corruption due to which your PST file gets deleted. Some of the common reasons responsible for PST file deletion are Virus attack, damage to the header structure, upgrading Outlook version, abnormal termination of Outlook application, file system corruption, etc.

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To fix the problem related to 2GB file size limitation, you need to go through the following step by step procedures listed below:

Crop Utility Tool: This in-built tool helps to trim the large sized PST file into small sized PST file so that it can be accessed and used easily. The best results are achieved only when the file size is reduced to 20-25 MB size.

Inbox Repair Tool: Once the file gets trimmed, the Inbox Repair Tool should be in order to replace with damaged PST file with a new one. This tool works efficiently on the basis of its analysis of the directory structure of a particular PST file.

Even after this if you are not able to protect your PST file from getting deleted due to restricted file size limitation then you must use PST repair tool. This software can easily repair corrupted / damaged PST file without damaging the source file. Besides this, it can competently recover deleted Outlook emails, Calendar, Contacts, Notes, Tasks, etc. at the time when it repairs corrupted PST file. Moreover, it restores recovered items into new PST file format in order to ensure safety to the source PST file. Thus this is the best software that performs deleted Outlook items recovery . It is capable enough of recovering Outlook 2000 PST file which gets corrupted when it reaches 2GB file size limitation. This tool proficiently repairs highly encrypted and password protected PST file created on Outlook 2000, 2003, 2007 & 2010 versions. Moreover, Microsoft Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 2003 and Windows 2008 are highly compatible with this PST file repairing utility.

Steps involved in Outlook PST recovery 2GB oversized PST file are as follows:

Step 1: Download and Insatll the free version of this software to restore deleted folders from PST. Launch the software after installing by clicking on the desktop icon. The main window will appear with three options - "Open PST File", "Find PST File" and "Select Outlook Profile" as shown in Figure 1.

Outlook PST Recovery of 2GB Oversized PST File - Main Window

Figure 1 : Main Screen

Step 2: After this a new window will pop-up on your computer screen related to your selected PST file repairing option. If you had clicked on Open PST File option then the window will be related to that particular option. You need to click on "Browse" button in order to upload your corrupted PST file. Once the file gets uploaded, click on "Next" button in order to move on to the next button as shown in Figure 2.

Outlook PST Recovery of 2GB Oversized PST File - File selection window

Figure 2 : Select and upload corrupted PST file

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Step 3: The next window display 2 Options to scan the PST file i.e. "Normal Scan" and "Smart Scan". Click on "Normal Scan" button if your PST file has not severely corrupted but if the corruption level is high then click on "Smart Scan" button to repair severely corrupt PST file. After selecting the scanning procedure, click on "Browse" button in order to select the destination location for storing repaired PST file. Once you are done with all these, click on "Repair" button in order to start the repair process as shown in Figure 3.

Outlook PST Recovery of 2GB Oversized PST File - Scanning method and Destination location selection window

Figure 3 : Select appropriate scanning method and destination location for repaired PST file

Step 4: Once the repair process is finished, view recovered emails and other Outlook attributes as shown in Figure 4.

Outlook PST Recovery of 2GB Oversized PST File - Preview window

Figure 4 : PST file previewing window

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